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Scandal -Mercy Review

This episode, I’m telling you. Scandal is so damn good right now, everything about it, is just perfectly played. The characters foiling one another, the disillusionment of power. Wonderful. I literally can’t get enough of scandal right now.

We start the episode with Olivia waking up, slightly disoriented and confused as to how she has found herself back at the White House but then she turns over and she sees him sleeping beside her. And suddenly it all makes senses. It wasn’t a dream, for one moment Olivia was granted this moment of bliss. The soft music playing in the background as Olivia watches Fitz sleep, this uninterrupted view of him, though it only lasted a minute it was everything gentle and warm that Olivia needed to feel and you can see that Olivia missed sleeping next to him. Can we imagine Olivia chocking back the tears as Fitz hands her the shirt that is only reserved for her. This symbolic moment of wearing something that belongs to him, it’s as though sleeping next to him wasn’t enough, and Fitz too has removed the physical barriers (his shirt) leaving himself open to Olivia so that she knows the sincerity of his heart and his truth. 

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The moment was simple but it was every bit meaningful. You see, I’m happy they didn’t dive into Olivia and Fitz’s reunion because it’s not really one just yet. They have much to talk about, and Olivia has yet to find herself in the amidst of chaos but these brief moments with Fitz have changed Olivia and no one can see it clearer than Rowan.

After waking up to Fitz, Olivia putt on her same clothes but just placed her hair up to see good ole ‘dad’, but it appears to be the next day as evidenced by the breakfast platter scattered throughout the small room. Olivia spent all day and night with Fitz even though the world was crumbling down around them. Immediately Fitz comes into the bunker where Rowan sighs heavily annoyed at Fitz’s presences and Fitz picks up on that moment, and makes sure to kiss Olivia with Rowan watching them. 

Fitz was flexing his muscle but it’s more than just a petty moment. It was a obvious and intentional FU to Rowan. You see, Rowan has made it his life mission to destroy the possibility of Olivia and Fitz. He has purposely moved himself to be in the center of the relationship and he has been successful but every time Rowan thinks they are done, Fitz comes back and so does his influence over Olivia. Kissing Olivia was an obvious point that he is around and this time he’s not going anywhere.

In 4x08, Olivia rejected Fitz touching her or kissing her because she was worried about being disloyal to Jake for wanting Fitz, but we know Olivia couldn’t resist the moment to have Fitz to herself and she kissed him with wild ambition. The fact that Olivia let Fitz kiss her in front of her father, knowing that he despises Fitz and remembering what Fitz told him (the way she taste  ), shows growth and accepts from Olivia’s part. She once used to deny Fitz’s touch in fear but while she was surprised by the action she did not refute but kissed him back much to Rowan’s disgust.  Anybody watching knows that Rowan will retaliate and punish Olivia for choosing ‘him’. I loved this scene yet I hated it for so many reasons. Rowan is visibly shaking his head with disapproval and such venom in his eyes and it’s all directed at Olivia because she didn’t obey, because for one second she decided to do something for herself without worrying about the consequences. Rowan brings Paris and Zanzibar as a obvious dig at Olivia and her past with her mom and the island where Rowan placed Olivia after he had FItz’s son killed. Rowan is a despicable person. Fitz decided to make it clear to Rowan that he is still a prisoner though he is able to walk, but throughout this moment it needs to be noted that the only one in control was Olivia. Olivia was also flexing her muscle when Rowan tried to leave and the guards blocked his exit, but every time Olivia opened her mouth to speak, Rowan would cut her off yet Fitz never did. The difference between a man who loves and values her versus a man who feels ownership and possession. Olivia already said that between her father and Fitz, that Fitz would lose but now i’m wonderfully if she still believes this to be true. 

  After meeting Peus for the first time, he makes it clear that Jake is no longer a suitable candidate as vice president , but my question though is when has he ever been? Olivia and Jake are at her apartment and it’s dark in the room quite a contrast is it not. Jake begins talking about how they can get through this, and frequently uses ‘we’ when talking about the future of them teaming up and taking down Peus especially ‘this being their chance’ since Rowan is gone. Olivia never said a word when Jake was talking up until she mentioned Rowan not being gone, and guess what he’s not. Rowan’s influence over Olivia is still heavily embedded in her DNA and it is something Olivia must deal with soon. When Olivia told Jake in so many words that Fitz has Rowan, he immediately started laughing at the actions and Olivia just mumbled that they would get through this while nursing her glass of wine and Jake taking a sip of his beer. Olivia and Jake are drinking their respective drink preference but let’s not forget that Olivia has openly disdained the taste of beer yet we have seen numerous times Olivia sipping scotch and to add this moment we find out later on that Fitz built a wine cellar in the White House filled with the most luxurious wines known to man and we all know who the wine cellar was really for. *deep breathes* *don’t cry* With Jake laughing at Fitz having Rowan emprisioned, you can see Olivia’s awkwardness regarding that topic all together. Olivia wasn’t going to bring up Fitz and she shouldn’t have to, what Olivia does in her personal life should be her business not every Tom, Dick, and harry’s.

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Chile, this is going to be bad. Olivia’s sister brother going to cry and shame her and we already know Rowan is in the bunker practicing his monologue that doesn’t make sense so let’s just skip to the good part and forgo any huckleberry charlie quinn because I could take less of them on my screen, but how cute of Quinn to pick Charlie, maybe Olivia too will make her decision once in for all.

Olivia managed to pull off a fake bomb threat and clear Mellie from real bitch. DAMN. This moment when everyone is around and working to fix the situation is amazing. This is scandal at it’s best all the players circling around trying to find a solution to their problems, smells like defiance all over again, which Marcus doesn’t know anything about…meanwhile why is Marcus actually there?  Olivia brings Rowan to help and the minute he set foot in the residence his eyes land on Fitz and never left. Rowan wants to humiliate Fitz by making him beg for his help which is futile because he’s worse off then any of the others but Fitz swallows his pride and asked for help all while looking at Olivia. This is not a moment of weakness though Rowan was trying to prove it to be so, Fitz is man enough to swallow his pride for the sake of others something Rowan is not capable of doing. 

So Rowan just came up there with the sole intention of shaming and demeaning   Olivia and Fitz. Mellie is crying about how her and Olivia should have never ran for office of course placing the blame on Olivia as if she doesn’t have enough guilt, but Cyrus cuts her off and was like yo ole betty crocker ass was just for it a minute ago when Olivia advised you not too. Everyone is talking over one another but every time Jake speaks up he is automatically voiced out because he has no voice, but it isn’t until Fitz commands everyone to stop that Rowan brings up everyone in the room as being ‘worthless’ including his daughter but not him because he is the king of all kings. Rowan’s patriarchal bull shit is for the birds. Rowan is the coward trying to run but it’s really about how powerless Rowan truly feels that causes him to attack the one person truly showing his power and worth.

This mofo still believes he is running something when his ass is literally confined to a freaking room, attempting to run away like a coward because he is “smart prey”

Rowan’s problem is that Fitz is physical and emotional threat to the hold he has over Olivia, and the power he once had like Cyrus said. Rowan ruled the underworld and now Fitz is ruling the upper world and has him a prisoner without his dinosaurs. Jake, Russel, they were all appendages of Rowan used to seek and control Olivia in the one place he can’t. Rowan has brought men in Olivia’s life as means of seeking to rule every aspect of her life even one as personal as her sexual life. But it’s not about sex. In a matter of minutes Rowan was capable of diminishing  Fitz’s unselfish act of love by reducing it to a ‘wrinkled dollar bill.’

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Fitz saved Rowan’s life because Olivia’s life is worth more than anything else this world could possess, what Fitz did was an unselfish act of love. Fitz just witnessed Olivia’s willingness to sacrifice herself for Rowan and this is how he shows his appreciation to his daughter, by reducing her to a whore, a stripper who is selling her body to the highest bidder. As Fitz is yelling at Rowan that Olivia begged him to spare his life, Olivia’s eyes fall on Rowan and you can see this longing to be appreciated by her father, but he will never appreciate her because he doesn’t respect Olivia. Which Fitz calls Rowan out on by demanding that he shows his daughter some damn respect.

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Let’s us go back to the start shall we? Olivia was going to go to jail for her father for many stupid reasons but Olivia loves him that much that his worthless miserable life is worth more than hers but Fitz, only Fitz stopped Olivia from making the worst mistake of her life. And it was only Fitz who stood up for Olivia when her father shamed her once again for sleeping with Fitz and this wasn’t just them by themselves but in a room filled with all of her peers and coworkers; THAT is how much RESPECT Rowan has for Olivia and guess what, it was only Fitz that had enough of this verbal abuse. I am so tired of everyone shaming Olivia for loving who she loves, regardless of Fitz being married or single no one will ever approve of their coupling just like the AU. When Rowan told the room that Fitz chose to spare him as a way of getting into Olivia’s bed once again, no one was upset about how their personal relationship was once again outed, but all they cared about was themselves. The camera pans on Mellie who looks confused and slightly hurt and of course Choke who looks at Olivia with his judgmental stare, as though he is just now putting the pieces of the puzzle together. As a finale dig Rowan once again refers to Fitz as his father Big Jerry throwing cash at a stripper. Everyone is upset and Olivia calls for a five minute break to regroup but as everyone scatters to take their leave, Jake and Mellie stay as Fitz moves to comfort Olivia who now denies his affection. At first I was put off with Olivia but it is obvious to see that much has happened in a short period of time and to add to the chaos, her entanglement with Fitz has been risen without them actually having a moment to figure out what it all means. Rowan will never approve of Fitz because he is someone that he is unable to control, Fitz is reminder of the power he has just lost, this has nothing to do with love and I hope and pray that Olivia sees this for what it is. No matter how much she loves him and wants him to love her back, Rowan will never approve unless she obeys every command he makes. I need Olivia to open her eyes and remove the blinders that is her father, he is not weak, or old but still the same ruthless monster he’s always been. Again Rowan had a moment of happiness with Sandra but for some reason whenever Olivia chose Fitz she is weak, stupid, a whore. I’m so tired of Rowan and Jake projecting their thoughts onto Olivia as a means of being ‘honest.’

Thank you Shonda, for the beautiful juxtaposition between Fitz and Jake. After Olivia shrugged him off understandably  after the horrifying moment, Fitz shares a drink with David who wonders why he just can’t find a nice women who likes cooking and being supportive, not a domestic terrorist, but Fitz chides David and reminds him that it was those women who made him into the man he is today, he wouldn’t be the Attorney General if it wasn’t for those women just like he wouldn’t be the President. Let us take this moment to appreciate what Fitz is saying, he was just shamed and humiliated in front of everyone for loving Olivia Pope and instead of being angry at the storm heading his way, Fitz is talking it up with ease about how a strong women makes you work for them, i.e. Olivia Pope. Fitz begins to tell David about the ‘headband’ women who are cookie cutter perfect, who likes going to parties and pretending to be happy about being in the shadows but all Fitz wants to do is tell these ladies is to wake up and find themselves. Something Olivia is trying to do right now.

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Fitz tried to turn Olivia into a ‘headband’ gang in 5x09 but he’s since then worked on himself. He’s not trying to turn or make Olivia into something she’s not (i.e Rowan, Jake) Fitz is completely and totally supportive of all of Olivia’s endeavors. Fitz wants Olivia to go out there and find that speckled dream of her’s, whereas Jake wants Olivia to live with him at his craigslist shack and settle on being mediocre or normal as though Olivia Pope is a normal person to begin with. Rowan on the other hand is threatened by Olivia’s power and influence so much that he has to demean her in order to be powerful, yet Fitz is a man completely in touch with his masculinity that he is not threatened by the hell that Olivia will bring but welcomes it. The gentle smile on Fitz’s face as he tells David ‘If she loves you, she can be any tornado she wants.’  Fitz isn’t worried about Olivia loving him, he seems confident and assured that Olivia is in fact still in love with him, he’s not pinning or whining to Olivia for denying his affection unlike Jake, but he’s assured and welcomes the chaos  Olivia will bring to his door step because that’s his tornado and if it helps her conquer what she needs to then he will clear the land just so she can twirl through it. This man is everything and I can’t seem to describe this beautiful specimen enough. 

Excuse me.

While we have Fitz appreciating and valuing Olivia’s worth, we also have jake sulking in a chair, and out of all that happened in that room earlier all he wants to know is when did Olivia and Fitz start sleeping together.

If this boy don’t stop this damn foolishness. Instead of asking how Olivia is doing after being humiliated by Rowan like a normal person would he decides to add to Olivia’s shame by asking Olivia if all of this is because of Fitz, Olivia stumbles on the question and Jake seeing that moment decides to twist the knife even further by telling Olivia she is crazy for doing the same thing over again when she knows how it’s going to end. 

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Let me tell you something about learning my friends. How can you expect to change if you don’t do it over again? How can you say you have learned if the action is not repeated, so screw you Jake. The reason why Rowan approved of Jake is because Jake is an extension of him, knowing just the right words to hurt Olivia and shame her for doing something outside of the book of Rowan. Jake tells Olivia that he isn’t the answer, very clearly alluding to Fitz not being the one to save and fix Olivia. But Jake’s jealously and pettiness is really disgusting because he’s shaming Olivia for picking Fitz instead of picking him like he’s been wanting her to do for the past four years.

Jake has been using this same tactic, never learning, and never changing. Fitz isn’t the answer to Olivia’s problem but you are. Right Jake? Out of all that has happened you are still sitting there and telling Olivia that she doesn’t belong here, and that she should look elsewhere more importantly at him to fix her. 1) Fitz is literally packing them bags to leave the White House so i’m not sure why Jake is bringing Fitz up as in the White House when this has nothing to do with Fitz and everything to do with what Olivia does for him. This false pretense of being concerned for Olivia is utter bullshit because he kept his mouth shut throughout  Rowan’s dicklogue. Jake is so transparent with his disdain for Olivia sleeping with Fitz that Olivia is quick to read Jake for filth once again, reminding him of why he is a poor substitute for Fitzgerald Grant; he’s weak, pathetic, and needy.

How many times does Olivia have to tell you that she doesn’t want you. I thought she made herself clear in 5x18 but she had to remind you once again of why you two would never work out. Jake is married, yet he has found it appropriate to shame Olivia for sleeping with Fitz who is single. Why do these men feel it is their business to know who and what Olivia is doing? Fitz is single and divorced and still Olivia is being belittled and demeaned but if Olivia was sleeping with Jake then it would be okay. 

Jake at his shack waiting for Olivia.


Rowan and Jake only care about what Olivia does and gives to them not how they make her feel. Like father like son. But let us clap for Olivia telling Jake that she doesn’t have time to coddle whatever he is feeling because right now there are more important things to do then pacify Jake and stroke his bruised ego. For instance their is a man who is single handedly trying to take over the country and control Mellie like the puppet she is. So yes, Olivia check his ass.

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Olivia is handling this situation and while she did go back to command in the end with the bad ass comment about not taking Olivia Pope it was effective and beneficial as Mellie called Luna Vargas her VP which is shocking to say the least and highly unpredictable but effective to gain support after Cyrus finally rejected the White House after having a moment with Teddy Roosevelt’s portrait. But Olivia and Abby teaming up and look at Real Bitch and deciding what to do with her is amazing but rest assure that Peus will be coming for them.

I just don’t know what to do with myself with scandal. My wig is scalped, my edges are gone, my throat is hoarse, and my loins are ovulating. Scandal is not letting down but just getting better and better each episode which only reminds me that we are close to being done with season. Which will make me have a panic attack.  This episode was infuriating and as evidence by the promo for next week we are continuing were we left off. 

Grab your seatbelt kids cause it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Until Next Time, Muse.

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[…] As the founding father of this founding father, Odom Jr.’s Burr smoldered.  We saw the embers of his envy early, and the slow burn burst into full-on fury in “Room Where It Happens.”  As a performer, Odom Jr. emanated seriousness and even a certain reserved sadness, and his Burr eventually came across with genuine pathos. His Burr was a man of substance, if not strong ideals. We felt the depth to which the character sank, and no other actor has yet interpreted the music with as much sophistication and resonance as Odom Jr.


Henry, who radiates star power like a young Sidney Poitier, is a happier presence than Odom Jr.  When he first advised Hamilton (played in Chicago by the excellent and very serious-minded Miguel Cervantes) to “Talk less, smile more,” Henry’s grin was broad and genuine, whereas with Odom it had seemed something Burr had to make an effort to paste on. When Henry’s Burr boasted about his appeal to the ladies, we believed it, and the actor’s charisma seemed a key component of a character who could come so close to being president without having a strong political point of view.


With Henry, “Room Where It Happens” wasn’t driven so much by jealousy as by the overwhelming compulsion to experience the high of exclusive, historic deal-making.  He was tantalized by his own potential for power. As when Odom Jr. performed it, the song exploded, but now with a different, more positive spin; Henry reserved Burr’s anger for later in the show, when Hamilton decides to endorse Jefferson for president over him.


The talented Brady comes off as both a darker version of Burr and a lighter one.  It’s darker because his Burr has an air of mischief-making and a touch of smarm — his flirtation with Angelica really earns him the response, “Burr, you disgust me.”  But it’s also lighter in that Brady’s Burr is more shallow and emotionally impervious.  Insults raise an eyebrow — Brady’s specialty — but then slide off as if he’s coated in Teflon.  To this cool and calculating Burr, politics is an amusing game, not be taken personally.  His take on “The Room Where It Happens” is mellower than either of his predecessors, albeit no less of a showstopper: This Burr is just making a strategic decision.  Even when events continue to conspire against him, Brady’s Burr never seems to get truly angry.


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Because Brady’s stint is the closest thing to star casting that “Hamilton” has yet had, the production-design choices that once served to ensure that Burr doesn’t disappear too much into the background (such as a coat that’s a different color from everyone else’s in the opening number) only serve to further magnify attention on the already well-known actor. Brady also happens to be significantly taller than nearly all his fellow cast members.  The effect makes Burr come off like a star who never quite makes top billing, who waits too long for the right role, whose career is distinguished but disappointing, ending in scandal. It works.

Scandal finale

Hey everybody, here’s my review/ thoughts on last night’s finale and what is next for the show.
Let’s start with a huge “WHAT THE FUCKKKKK HAPPENED IN THE LAST 15 MINUTES?!?” I literally closed my eyes for 2 seconds and when I opened them Luna was dead and Olivia is now command.
First of all: who is this Olivia? This is not the Olivia Pope I fell in love with!! What happened to the “we are not killing anyone, we fix, we are not murderers?” This is what she has become, she is a killer.
Anyways, favourite scene: I’d lie if I said that I didn’t love that olitz scene and after I read it from @daniellescandal’s blog I actually thought about this: she never EVER calls him Fitz, she calls him Mr. President because he is the one who is leaving, Fitz is always gonna be there for her.
I literally cried all my tears the moment that Air Force One took off, my baby is leaving and he is leaving with the light and now olivia is for the first time ever ALL alone standing into darkness.
The longer I watch the show the more I realise how irrelevant Mellie is: she is president now, I’ll give her that, but who is the most powerful person in the country? Command.
Let’s talk about command. When I first saw the episode I couldn’t understand why in hell olivia got pissed at Fitz when he said that he was gonna be command when now she is the in charge of B613?
Well after two hours of thinking and crying and thinking and crying again I finally understood (thanks also to her conversation with rowan): she wanted Fitz to be free.
Since season 1 we have been hearing Cyrus saying that Fitz is the good guy and olivia wants him to be that and she knows that he is too kindhearted to be command.
This finale wasn’t great, but it was definitely better than S3 and S5 and I still consider the whole season pretty good.
Did I like the finale? Sort of
Was it what I wanted? HELLLL NO.
So now, what is gonna happen in season 7?
I have this feeling that fitz and olivia are still gonna be talking on the phone and stuff like that but Fitz will not know that she is command until Rowan goes to him in Vermont and asks for his help: his daughter has to go back to her white hat.
As for the other characters I honestly don’t give a damn, all I care about is olitz, but if I had to guess I’d say that Huck is gonna go working for olivia and B613 cause he can’t see Quinn every single day, it would hurt him too much.
Olivia? Well girl, you are in danger and I really hope that your beautiful curly king superman comes to save you and brings you in Vermont (or as in your AU in a beautiful house in Georgetown)
What are your thoughts?

Scandal: The Mess & Mediocrity

Ok so here goes round two of my attempt to post this. As most of us who are on tumblr regularly and follow most of the prime-time tv shows, knows the trouble that Scandal has been in for the last few seasons, and as someone who was once an avid fan of the show I thought I would throw my two cents in.

1. There can be no argument that the first season of Scandal was great, we finally got to see a black woman be not only the lead of a prime-time drama series, but she wasn’t a cliched, stereotyped character and the icing on the cake Liv was based on an actual person. Olivia was strong, assertive, knew what she wanted and was a great friend, who had the respect of most people she came into contact with. I was a fan of Kerry Washington from her independent film days and more so , from her first mainstream movie outing in Save the Last Dance, where she delivered one of my favourite movie lines ever “keep it up and I will law all your s***t bare, don’t act like you ish don’t stink”, classic and applies to so much, and is very ironic, but I will get to that later.

2.Season one was filled with political intrigue, interesting back stories, great main and guest characters, and the acting was awesome. But then, but then, we got into season two and we see the adulterous relationship between Liv and Fitz start to ease into the forefront of the story, eventually it becomes clear that Liv’s relationship with Fitz affects all aspects of her life. Liv starts to ask Fitz for more and more presidential favours, somethings that to this day still peeves me, because she has no issue asking him to betray his position in office, the people who elected him there (oh wait they didn’t) and to break almost all federal laws. 

3. Season 3 comes around and I begin to see the wheels start to lift completely off the tracks. In almost every scene that Liv has the is delivering some of the most overbearing, contrite, sanctimonious monologues I have ever heard. KW starts to rely on this one expression that irks my soul, trembling lips like she is about to hit the highest note in a Whitney song, with eyes wide open like she is high as a kite. Every scene with Liv and Fitz turns into an argument, she berating him for not being man enough and standing his ground while asking him to compromise his ethics, and him walking in circles, stressing that his love for her knows no bounds, and therefore he will stand his ground and give in to her demands.

4. Season 4 and the train has flown off the tracks heading straight for tv-ville populated by the true fans of Scandal known as Gladiators. S4 the worst thing that could have happened to this show happened, Jake and BS13 became a things, instead of being just a little side story, BS13 and Joe Morton over took Scandal, we see that Liv has some clear family issues, and is inexplicably attracted to Jake (shudders), it becomes clear that Jake was a plant from JM and is only using Liv for some nefarious means. It was when we finally got to see Mama Pope come onto the scene and she is played the the truly fantastic and underrated actress Kandy Alexander, and what do we get, a woman who takes a huge chunk out of her own wrist like she was auditioning for the part of a Walker on The Walking Dead, like ‘what da heck?’ (I honestly thought I was watching the wrong show for a few seconds), stupseee.

5. Season 5 was the beginning of the end for me, we see Live comeback from sitting in the sun with Jake from State Farm, and it is clear that he is her poor substitute for Fitz, whom she hates to love and loves to hate, oy vey these three tire me to my very t.v. bones, the back and forth is ridiculous and I was barely hanging on by my fingertips in hope the show was going to improve, but then one of the biggest slap in the face to fans and the armed forces happened. Liv gets kidnapped for reasons that I am still not fully clear on, besides as a petty swipe at Fitz. We finally see Liv sporting her natural hair and its when she is being held hostage, is looking all kinds of disheveled, and spouting more stupid and ineffective monologues to her captors who essentially laugh in her face.

The thing that killed me was that the only way the writers could see a way out for Liv was her to have her offer to have herself sold on the black market because she is such a hot commodity. I mean really it was 2015 and here we see a black woman put herself up on the fricking auction block during Black History Month (and correct me if I’m wrong but I also think MLKs birthday was around the time of the airing of the ep also), AND we also at this time have a black man sitting the in the actual White House as President, I mean really Shonda, really? I was so disgusted by this, and while all this tom foolery was going on, Fitz sent soldiers into another country to start a war, costing lives and families all for the sake of his side piece, and somehow we were supposed to buy this as some grand romantic gesture and not the war crime it actually was. This episode was the last one I watched in its entirety because I was just so fed up with the shoddy, predictable, trashy and mediocre writing of this show. I was so fed up with the over dramatic acting, needless drama and angst from teenagers posing as adults, and I was just fed up with the mess this once great and important show has become.

I apologise for the extremely long post, but this is something that I have wanted to get off my chest for a while, and after chatting with Redorkulous (check out his tumblr), I felt even more compelled to make this post, but there will be a second post where I speak more to the character traits and schenanigans of the individuals in the show, because trust that I have a lot to say about Live, Jake and Fitz.

Scandal Review 6x11

Yoooooooooooooo! Scandal season 6 ep 11 came up and showed tf OUT hunny! OLITZ IS BACK BITCHEEESSSSS! *twerks to Diana Ross the Boss Ain’t no mountain high enough* (and yes I added an E in bitch lol). Scandal , Shonda, Liv and Fitz (Kerry and Tony) FED us good last night.
I first started watching Scandal for Kerry Washington, who is one of my faves(LOVE HER) , and now I stan Anthony Howard “Tony” Goldwyn. My mans is most definitely invited to the cookout! I will fix his plate, prepare his drink, and bring it to him! Tony is such a fuckin phoneme on and off the camera. Do yal follow him on IG, how awesome can he be…..and he’s 56! *Wiggggg*
REVIEW TIME (rundown mode)
Ok! Let me say this, I need to get it off my chest: that Opening with the illuminate girl and David was SAD! Yal that sex sounded so horrible, straight trash lmaoooo I was like what tf is really going on. David ain’t had no good sex since Abby! Lmao. @ me on this!!! 


Mellie attacking Olivia:  Bitch. *stares motherfuckerly* BITCH HOW DARE YOU!  I need mellie to get her head out of her entitled ass! Ugh how you gone try to attack the one damn person who has been in your corner for two damn years trying to make you president. Fuck Mellie (until later).


1st Olitz moment : They are in the Oval and this is the second time Olivia shows Fitz her vulnerable side. Olivia is telling Fitz how Mellie is going to ceed the presidency over to Cyrus, Fitz stop her cuz he sees how its affecting her. We all know our girl Olivia hates to lose , Fitz knows this as well. So he gets up and does the shoulder thing again *swoons* he is comforting his best girl and she falls into him and holds him tight. (I was screeching in OLITZ when he said “Come here,” how sexy is this man when he is being authoritative! hot damn) 


The Return of Liz North?: Um guh where you been and why all of a sudden you come out the woods talking about Mellie need to fight for the presidency …. I knew she was full of shit yal!


Mellie goes to Olivia and tries to get her to reconsider about the presidency but Liv was still saying no. Then once again Mellie insults Olivia then try to say sorry. Bitch bye! Anyways we see that Huck is love and well, in Olivia’s Pink robe lol. Quinn had the nerve to snatch a pillow from behind charlie to give it to huck……um ma’am which one is your man? She needs to gone break up with charlie and not string him along like some little dog.


Liv and Cyrus…still the dream team?: HELL NO….kml Liv tried to go talk to cyrus but he shut her all the way down. Miss cyrus was not having it. And honestly I can’t really blame him. Liv did do him dirty! But Cyrus is Cyrus how much shit he helped put Liv and Fitz thru? soooo I really just didn’t care.


ANGELA. HI. HELLO. HOW ARE YOU?: Lmao so Angela is in bed trying to low-key question Fitz about Olivia. Um ma’am you are the director of the FBI and you mean to tell me you couldn’t pick up on “your man” deflecting tf out of you? Fitz really was not giving her the time of day. Hun give it up you can not and will not compare to Olivia C. Pope. ISSA WRAP. I mean yal Fitz literally told the guh he was working *cackles evilly*


Liv visits Rowen: That entire exchange was so sad because Rowen basically was looking out for his damn self, which a part of me can’t blame him…..but I am so over him its hard to jump on board when Liv goes into her “make daddy proud” modes! He always come off as a manipulator and I’m over it….but then sometimes I get the feeling that he do be trying to look out for Olivia but he is so damn evil urghghhgh bye! 


Shade moment: Michael ass went on TV and shaded the entire fuck out of cyrus! LMAO!! And Michael got JAMES baby being the Mommy & Daddy, I mean tbh Ella is better off with him cuz cyrus is a toxic ass man, he don’t need a baby(IMO).


2nd Olitz moment: Liv tells Fitz she went to see her dad, Fitz wants to “handle” Rowen but Olivia playing daddy’s little girl asks Fitz to forgive Rowen like she forgave Abby. Fitz rolls his eyes and goes to their (kissing) window. lol!


Fitz and Cyrus moment: Liv sent Fitz to Cyrus to go make his ass get up and take this job seriously (didn’t really care cuz it was funny and shady how he wouldn’t talk to liv but talked to Fitz who left his ass behind in that jail too! over it)


Liz North see you on the other side: I knew she was down with the illuminate! When Mellie walked into that office I was not surprised….but what did surprise me was how Becky took that damn gold club and beat that woman to death. YIKESSS! Liz deserved better lol! (I was very proud of Mellie when she stood up to them tho, like I really was proud of her!!) Mellie who is covered in blood, kids got threatened and she fell in line with the illuminate! 


Angela Vs. Olitz(because they are a package)pt1: Angela comes in on a mission! Lol, homegirl going off about how she is going after Olivia, how she got evidence, and how she bout to interrogate Liv. PAUSE HO YOU REALLY TRYING IT! Then she had the nerve to call Fitz a boy! *slams hand on the table* I’m so tired of all these irrelevant ass people trying my guy Fitzgerald! That is a man! Fitz has always stood his ground and been a leader! Fuck yal who think otherwise! Side note: It was funny that she said it because I am a black woman and I know I be like “Boy bye…or boy please” lol If she would have said this to anybody else I wouldn’t say nothing but I can’t let her disrespect my mans Fitz like that! I ride for that one!! 


Once again Olivia Pope to the rescue: Mellie calls Olivia but doesn’t tell her what happened. Olivia comes and sees Liz dead on the floor. Now lets all remember that Olivia has PTSD! This was not good for her. Mellie talking fast and i’m sure she was having flashbacks to Jerry death, we all remember how she lost her shit! I felt bad for Mellie. Jake so irrelevant lmao he only came out for “clean up” duty *cackles* 


3rd Olitz moment: Let me just say Olivia lost her fuckin mind! Guhhhhhh (goes in corner to collect myself). She comes in the Oval , Fitz tells her that Angela’s Jealosy has gotten the best of her and now she is coming after Liv. Lmao my boy really said he was contemplating getting her resignation. LMAOOOO Fitz ain’t you smashing this guh? And you said that?? I knew Angela was a non factor kml!!! Liv goes to the window , turns around and tells Fitz with a straight face “Good” hold up! Pause. Flag on the play! Bi what? Good? So you wanna go to jail and be somebody prison bitch? Um no ma’am. Me nor Fitzgerald Thomas Grant the 3rd having that shit! Fitz loses his shit and start yelling *cackles, my boy was heated* My guy took my breath away when he said “There is no way in hell I am letting you go to prison for life” I KNEW AN OLITZ MOMENT WAS COMING , I FELT IT IN MY SOUL! (Olivia ass started to walk away and say a petty comment but We (me and Fitz) wasn’t having that!
(still yelling at her ass) “Don’t you see, I’d lose you, forever” HOOOOOOOOOWOOOOOOOOO! YAL. I knew this man was still in love with Olivia Pope. Fitzgerald Thomas Grant the 3rd was, is, and forever will be in love with Olivia Carolyn Pope. @ me on this!!!
*eye roll* Olivia goes on to say “my father will die” (shrugs shoulders and yells *who cares, guh you was tryna kill him a few eps back!) She then goes on to say that if Fitz stops her and arrests her dad he would lose her forever. I personally do not think she meant any of that because the look on her face and the way she turned around at that door says otherwise! Olivia was just using herself as a threat against Fitz because thats all she can use , she doesn’t have any other leverage over him. BUT all she had to do was sit down with Fitz and come up with a plan instead of trying to do it on her own. Ugh stop with this self sacrificing shit, Me and Fitz aint having it NO DAMN MO! (will elaborate on this part later)


Angela Vs. Olitz pt2: ANGELA YOU THOUGHT! *CACKLES EVILY* When I say Fitz was done playing games, my guy told her back up and move ya ass to OMAHA! *que in Beyonce* To the left to the left! 


Rowen got arrested: *CACKLES EVILY*


4th Olitz moment: Baby Olivia comes thru heated like a hot sausage on a saturday morning! She is yelling at Fitz , meanwhile my mans got his scotch and a remote in hand and says “You want to stop yelling at me” LMAO BOSS MAN STAUTS!!! Fitz gave 0 fucks about what she was saying! He knew the game, he knows she will try to use herself to get her way. Liv looks at the TV and sees her dad is safe in the office. (In the background Diana Ross the Boss “Ain’t no mountain” monologue starts to play, and it fits so perfectly to this moment.) Fitz lets her know rowen is in his care and he is ready for them (him and her) to start working together to fight the illuminate. She turns around breathing heavily…..(KerryW is playing TF outta this roll)…  It was so many emotions running across her face. She walks to him and sits in front of him, he scoots down and now they are face to face. Fitz looking at her like “I told you I got you” the looks these two were giving each other was sending me into my death(I was literally screaming at this point). Olivia reaches out and grabs Fitz and they kiss (I was so damn PROUD of Olivia) I love that she was the one to initiate. Fitz was SHOOKETH. Lol, my guy hadn’t kiss those lips in 2 years he didn’t even know what to do with his hands at first lol. When he cups her face , Olivia is literally looking like she wants to cry, Hell him too! (whyyyy they playing with me like this, yal I love them!!) 


*sips my fancy ass Chamomile tea* Olivia is walking backwards into Fitz room, if you pay attention Fitz(low-key Tony) face was priceless cuz he knew he had gotten his woman back and she was finna fuck the shit out of him! She places his hand on her hip and she grabs his neck in *bring that ass here fashion* She kisses her man and they close the door. We didn’t get a sex scene but I will be happy with a bedroom waking up scene at the beginning of the next ep. Remember Kerry had a baby so she might not be ready for these type of scenes yet. Yal respect my Fave and don’t be on her bout a sex scene.
Fitz: He “Handled” it! I repeat Fitz handled the situation. He out poped Olivia pope.
Fitz will not let anything come between him and Olivia. Not Mellie, Not Cyrus, Not the presidency, Not Abby, Not Angela, Not Rowen, Not even Olivia! He has proven time and time again that he will choose her. Let me tell you something THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER FITZGERALD THOMAS GRANT the 3RD. This man has proven for the 1000000000000000000 time why he is the fuckin MAN! Fitz hates Rowen, we all know why ( he killed his son). Fitz chose to save Rowens life for Olivia, the woman he loves. He knows she loves her dad, regardless all the shit talking and acting tough that she does, Fitz knows this and like I keep saying FITZ never makes Olivia choose. He always lets her work things out on her own. But this time she was about to take it to far so he had to step in and “FIX” the situation. Ladies Get you a Fitz!! Lol!
The next ep looks so promising just because I think its gonna be dope that Everyone is going to be working together to take down the illuminate!
Much Love, Chaun.

some thoughts and facts about 601

So this morning (because I’m on the other side of the globe) I watched the premiere. 

Anyway, this is some kind of a review, thoughts, gifs, etc; all mixed up about 601. Let’s see:

1. This is one of the greatest episodes I’ve watched in a long time. I was not a fan of 5B and this premiere has really made the difference. The plot was intriguing and it remembered about the old days: the good old days.

2. Poor Frankie Vargas. I wanted him to win and I had the feeling that he could win as well (you feel me, @lauraquarium ). But when I saw this:

I had the feeling that something BAD was about to happen. I don’t know, I saw this victory too quickly and in the Scandalverse you never know until the very end of the episode. Again, POOR FRANKIE.

3. Fitz and Olivia. This is, in my opinion, the scene that summarizes the episode for them:

Fitz going after Olivia. They are in friendship mode on. I like it, I mean, it’s a good start if we want them back together someday (if Shonda let’s that happen, of course). OLITZ IS FAR FROM OVER

4. Jake Ballard. I don’t care where he is or what he does if it is a normal episode. But in this episode Frankie Vargas was killed.

So “Where’s Jake?” could be answered with: killing Frankie Vargas, maybe?. He was with Fitz in the room but all is possible here. Well, I’m sure we will know in a few weeks but Jake is one of the options on the table.

5. Survival of the Fittest. Mellie has lost. And what really scares me is the way Olivia takes this lost. 

First, she calms Mellie but then:

Papa Pope might be right about Cyrus but I’m SO tired of this relationship.

After listening Papa Pope she goes back to the White House and is again that Olivia Pope hungry for power (bye white hat). She is still controlled by Rowan. 

And next: even if Mellie says she doesn’t want to run anymore, she NEEDS to run because she can’t keep herself from power because she is addicted to it.

6. Actor Cyrus Beene. This scene really broke me and not because Cyrus just saw a shooting. This broke me because this shows how far a person can go just to have power. Cyrus is capable of doing this, of course. He is a political monster. Look at this:

7. I laughed at this:

8. So, we have a wedding soon, I suppose:

9. Susan Ross and Lizzie Bear were not in the episode and that doesn’t make sense, unless the flashbacks of 602 explain this. Something must have happened to them, I guess. I hope not to Susan, though. I love her so much, just look at this:

Susan is a national treasure


Feel free to share your thoughts :)

Scandal Review

Sooooo this is gonna be a pretty long review but I really hope you’ll read it and tell me what you think about this episode.

First of all: i haven’t written this before cause I have been watching the episode over and over and now I almost know the whole script, I am not kidding, I could act it all out.

I really really loved the episode and I am just gonna track them down here for you.

The “good luck governor”. Ok probably lots of you didn’t like it but I’ll tell you what, I loved it. Olivia sending him an email just proves that she was too sad and heartbroken to leave him that she couldn’t even tell him that she was leaving him face to face. My babies

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THE PROPOSAL: OK YOU GUYS I NEED TO FIND A MAN WHO LOVES ME JUST AS MUCH AS FITZGERALD GRANT LOVES OLIVIA POPE. do i even need to comment this? The thing this man would do for Olivia are just amazing. “I want you to say yes because if you love me even half as much as I love you then it was worth the trip”  just… WOW. And can we all talk about how much Tony and Kerry couldn’t wait to be tongue wrapped around each other? Someone missed kissing his beloved on screen, right Kerry?

THE WEDDING: i just loved the whole thing: from the way they looked at each other to Rowan finally not interfering in Liv’s life and let her be with the man she loves. i really loved that Huck was the one to walk her down the aisle, their friendship is one of the most authentic one on the show..

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Abby and Mellie telling Olivia that she is the one for Fitz. Yes, i really loved how we finally see how Olivia cares about Fitz and bames herself for not making his dream come true. Thanks to Abby and Mellie (yes, Mellie) she finally understands that SHE is Fitz’s dream and that she has to forgive herself and finally let it go. 

and the parallelism with Vermont, SHONDA JUST KILL ME!!!! 

And finally Olivia realising that she can have Fitz and even if this isn’t Vermont, or the perfect house in Georgetown. Their love is stronger than anything, and her“I’m in” means much more than just helping him, but she is “in”, ready for their relationship to finally be back together again, finally happy.

Well, to sum up, I LOVED THIS 100 EPISODE!!!! THERE IS HOPE

The Box- Scandal Review 6x13

Before we begin let us say our Olitz pledge.

I pledge allegiance to United States of Olitz and to the republic for which it stands. One nation under Shonda indivisible with jam and love for all. Amen.

Wow. Scandal. Woah.These past episodes have been stellar and they honestly just get better and better every episode.

 Like I said in my last review for the last week’s episode this is a continuous of events currently unfolding. Because Mellie elected Luna as her running mate, peus has now launched nine bombs over major cities across the nation and to prove his point about wanting his president and real Bitch back he drops a bomb using the drones on national television.

Peus and his annoying voice has gotten not only Olivia’s attention but mine as well. Yeah. It’s about to get good.

With the bomb having exploded Olivia goes to the bunker to see ’dad’ and it’s there that Rowan finds it appropriate to share a last drink with his daughter. But this part was highly telling. Rowan is disapproving and dissatisfied with the wine choices. “It’s no Dubellay. Not even a 94 chateau D'yquem. Revolting. Their selection.” Which goes back to the many discussions of wine and scotch and beer and how they all connect to these characters. Olivia garnered the taste of wine from her dad, but we have seen her drink scotch many many times (Fitz) and shiver at the taste of beer. (Jake). Rowan’s disdain at the wine in the White House is him referring to Fitz, and his displeasure to see him acquiring the taste only due to his daughters influence. But with the national tragedy Olivia shuns the wine away, thereby refusing Rowan, to get to the heart of this situation, which is Rowan wanting to run away. Seems like the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree at all. Olivia tells Rowan he’s not going anywhere and he begins to mock Olivia, asking her who will stop him? Her? The President? All of which Olivia nods her head in confirmation. Last episode Rowan humiliated Olivia in front of everyone for getting back together with Fitz, but Olivia did not refute Fitz but the comfort he wished to give her. Olivia by no means ended whatever is going on between her and Fitz but if anything it seems to have only brought them closer.

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I’m so tired of Rowan. He just shamed and humiliated Olivia and called her a stripper and worthless and now he wants her to run away with him. As if running equates to freedom. But at last we are seeing Olivia’s shell crack as she argues with Rowan (herself) about how running accomplishes nothing.

Olivia: what about everything that you built? all that you’ve sacrificed? Everything you believe in? What about me?
Rowan: you are free….to join me.
Olivia: I’m not!
Rowan: why not?
Olivia: because I’m not done fighting!  I haven’t even begun to make my peace! Not yet !”

This scene is loaded. Olivia, a person who once believed in running from everything and everyone she couldn’t control is now questioning the purpose of running especially in the eyes of her father.  This moment is almost like a soliloquy as Olivia is asking her father the same questions she ask herself every day. How can she let go everything she has built- making Mellie a candidate and unchosenly the president. How can she move on after all that she had sacrificed for this? Olivia has given so much of herself for what? Olivia has sacrificed her love and happiness and her moral values to have this illusion of power. And when Rowan said she was free; Olivia was quick to say she’s not free because the chains that enslaved  her are still bounding her hands. But in this dialogue there is a slight change in Olivia; something palpable and true. Realization. Olivia is finally seeing that she is not okay, that she has yet to truly fight her demons. That she has yet to make peace with herself.

Excuse me

This was overlooked by many but Olivia taking ownership that she has somethings to work on is key.  Olivia is really like everyone else in this world trying to find themselves and be a person who can look themselves in the mirror and see their worth. We are all fighting, and we are struggling to remain afloat. Olivia has many issues to work on but acceptance is the first step. And I’m proud of her. The lose of self is worse than death so Olivia bids her dad farewell but promises to give him better wine. Ha!

Jake

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Look at Jake being useful! And can we take the moment to savor his lack of whining and sulking about Fitz’s penis being bigger and how Olivia could have saved him! Yes. I’m telling you this is the first episode where I liked Jake. He’s tolerable when he’s not whining and has a actual job.

When peus called Olivia to tell her that she was bothering him, and Olivia told him she doesn’t have authorization to unfree Mellie and real bitch since she isn’t the president and he responds ’aren’t you?’

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Real talk I giggled when Olivia told Peus “That the United States isn’t going to bend to the will of a terrorist. ”Just so you know that’s the same speech Fitz gave to Mellie and the group earlier. It is safe to say that Fitz has been a positive influence on Olivia the same way he has been to her. Which brings us to them in the oval talking about the casualties that has just increased in numbers.

Can we just relish at the fact that Olivia and Fitz are alone in the oval working together to fix this massive problem.  *dont cry* I’m feeling all sorts of nostalgic but as they talk Fitz is right about one thing Rowan has to talk, he has to know something but Olivia is quick to defend Rowan by saying that all he wants to do is run away because those people controlled and beat him.

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Olivia isn’t that what your father did to you? Controlled you? Beat you into submission? Matter of fact didn’t this man just refer to you as a stripper selling yourself to the highest bidder less than 24hrs ago and you still try to defend him! Girl I outta

This is still a problem. Olivia is still protecting Rowan as if he is some victim or innocent man when he has a body count that can circle the world three times.  Olivia, he’s been a prisoner for 6 months but you have been a prisoner all your life! Fix yo self, baby.

Like the good man he is; Fitz is able to get through to Olivia something not many have been able to accomplish and not for long. Abby, Quinn, Jake all of these people have at one time tried to influence Olivia to see their point of view but Olivia would turn around and do just what she wanted to do. This says something. 24 hrs ago Jake was crying about Olivia sleeping with Fitz and how he isn’t the answer for Olivia but Olivia told Jake about himself and kept it moving. The reason why Olivia is able to listen and take Fitz’s advice is because she trust Fitz completely. Olivia values Fitz’s opinion and knows that he is more than capable of setting feelings aside for the greater good. So when Fitz reminds Olivia about the Master Manipulator she calls ‘dad’ it hits home to her and she sees that Fitz is right and tells him “let’s go”.

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Olivia could have easily said she will handle her father or she will go down and talk to him, but the fact that she told Fitz ’let’s go’ is highly symbolic of her efforts to be a team once in for all. Rowan just shamed Olivia for sleeping with Fitz yet still Olivia is bringing Fitz down to the bunker as also a giant FU to Rowan and very much sending a clear and direct message to dad that’s she’s with him (for now). And they are in this together. Last time Fitz was at the bunker he came uninvited but this team Olivia wants him and more importantly needs him to be by her side. Olivia and Fitz are a team and they are United and Rowan thinking he stopped them by shaming them clearly underestimated just how powerful and how well they work together. Rowan is the one of greatest obstacles for Olivia, and he is still someone that has a hold on her, but  I will say that I saw progress as Rowan appeased to Olivia’s sense of fleeing. Rowan told Fitz that he wishes to run away with his daughter but Olivia said she isn’t going much to Rowan’s distress. It seems that Olivia is finally over running but ready to stay and deal with the outcome. Growth people. And Fitz jacking up Rowan.

After Fitz and Rowan going at it last episode you knew Fitz was going to come back for Rowan after that stunt he pulled off. Lawd the mutual animosity between these two. Rowan is the biggest hypocrite and coward around, he talks a good talk about being powerful and almighty but when they remove the fur all he is, is bone without the meat. Pathetic in every way and Olivia is so shocked by this revelation that she ask Rowan ’what did they do to him?’ To make him coward away with his tail between his legs.

When David uncovers a gift Rowan was receiving from Peus, Olivia is walking beside Fitz discussing everything she has uncovered and she isn’t scared or frightened but Olivia seems to be at ease though this is a unprecedented time for her. Olivia isn’t dying but thriving, it has brought a sense of purpose and meaning back to her life. When Olivia tells Fitz about the bricks, Fitz freezes and he is clearly bothered by what he has heard. I am curious about the symbolism of the brick. Perhaps it’s metaphorical that Rowan was creating a house that he would never reside in. A slave. Which is what Peus referred to him when he told Rowan he was 'emancipated’.

Olivia found out what that box contains she immediately walks with Fitz around the corridor of the White House  not worried about what others may say about them being close again, or why she is back at the White House. Olivia and Fitz are walking around as if it’s the most normal thing and I can’t help but see how just connected they are to one another. They even walk in sync.

Fitz asked Olivia if he could see her father after the news he just heard. Olivia doesn’t appear to say anything but her reaching down to hold Fitz’s hand is all the answer we need.

Olivia really does love Fitz. It’s these little nuances that add the comfort familiarity that is their love. Olivia of the past would have never walked side by side with Fitz (208) nor would she have openly touched him in front of other people. Olivia is initiating contact with Fitz, she is making the first step with Fitz following her lead.

Fitz enter the bunker with scotch in hopes of talking to Rowan about what Olivia has uncovered. Rowan is not up for talking or creating a bond as Rowan and Fitz are two completely different people, from different parts of the world. Fitz is a white rich man born of privilege whereas Rowan is a self made African American man who had to work twice as hard for half  and still  it was never good enough. Fitz begins to tell Rowan that he admires him despite all of the pain he brought upon him. But Rowan brings up a true and still valued point about suppression. Rowan has been systematically suppressed for being black whereas Fitz has had everything in life given to him. And it is this about Fitz  that leaves Rowan flabbergasted as to how Olivia can love him. Actually love him

Here is the thing; Rowan doesn’t actually know why Olivia loves Fitz and that bothers him because all he sees when he looks at Fitz is Big Jerry’s spoiled son. Olivia loves Fits because she knows Fitz and know his love for her is real not some trivial fetish. Rowan was accepting of Jake dating Olivia because 1) he created him and 2) Pete was a normal kid with a abusive father. Nothing of privilege. While Fitz is certainly privilege it doesn’t define him and he doesn’t try to disown his privilege. Like Fitz told Mellie this season he never desired power because he was born with it. Rowan’s acknowledgment of Olivia’s love for Fitz is noteworthy because for the first time he is not trying to demean their love or mock Olivia but it’s as if he has finally accepted that Olivia loves Fitz in spite of everything that has happened and despite of what he thinks of Fitz; Olivia loves him. She is in love with him. Rowan has caused them so much pain and hardship. Time and time and time again Rowan has made it his mission to ruin Olivia and Fitz’s relationship but despite all of his efforts Olivia always finds her way back to Fitz. Rowan can’t stop fate from happening just like he can’t stop Olivia from loving Fitz.

Rowan made a clear point that Shonda wanted to address about being a minority and living in a white mans world. And for that much I agree.  Fitz and Rowan come from polar worlds but one thing they do have in common is Olivia. Fitz tells Rowan to fight if not for himself then for Olivia. For his ’republic’, his legacy is Olivia and it will be up to him as to how he wants history to remember her. Olivia is Rowan’s greatest accomplishment, such sentiment has been voiced before in previous episodes (5x03, 3x10, 5x07), Rowan has acknowledged that he made Olivia into what she is today, and Jake has also commented on Olivia being Rowan’s greatest achievement which is true. Like Big Jerry, Rowan has placed all of his hopes and dreams and aspiration onto Olivia like Jerry did to Fitz. It’s wasn’t Fitz’s life that he was living but Big Jerry’s the same way Olivia isn’t living her life but Rowan’s. But make no bones about it Olivia is still very much trying to find herself, the fact that Olivia went and sought Fitz tells everyone and most certainly confirms what we always knew to be true. Olivia loves Fitz. Fitz has always been Olivia’s choice. Olivia going off the map and getting back with Fitz is not something Rowan approved of and definitely did not condone but Olivia made that decision. Fitz gives Olivia the freedom to make her own decisions. Men have come and go in Olivia’s life but throughout all of this, Fitz has been the constant. Despite all of Rowan’s efforts to stop Olivia from loving Fitz, even he has fallen short.

Rowan seems flabbergasted as though he can’t understand as to how Olivia could love this man sitting in front of him. But the more Fitz talks and bridges a connection between them, you can see Rowan slowly thawing at Fitz’s encouraging words. This is a man. Rowan has made it his mission to ruin FItz’s life yet Fitz is able to set aside their differences for the sake of the country. Fitz gave Rowan the pep talk that he has been delivering throughout this season to multiple characters. Fitz is light in a hopeless place, and it is that will to live and be better that is inspiring to others, so much so that It appears that Rowan now understands why Olivia loves Fitz. Because he is truly a good man.

When all hope seems lost. Olivia and Fitz are alone in the oval sharing a glass of scotch. Once again reiterating their connection by their drink of choice. Rowan was disgusted by Fitz’s wine choices yet Olivia denied Rowan that drink he wanted. Alone in the oval, Fitz and Olivia go over the rising death count and Fitz begins to question aloud whether he will bend and give in to the terrorist once again as he did when they had taken Olivia.  Olivia turns to Fitz and they share a moment without a word. Both of them have come to peace with that moment in their lives, Fitz acknowledges that because they had Olivia he went to war and now he’s afraid he will have to do it again to save Mellie, but Olivia tells Fitz that they won’t give Mellie up and he won’t make the same mistake. Fitz drops his hand to the couch waiting for Olivia to place her hand in his and she does quickly. The world is burning but still as long as Olivia has Fitz, and Fitz has her then that’s really all they need.

After a second of silence, Fitz whispers to Olivia “this isn’t the way I envisioned  our last two weeks together.” and faintly with all the pain etched in her voice Olivia whispers “me either”. Olivia stares at Fitz and you can feel her yearning to be with Fitz, completely and fully. It is sad honestly that with his time running out, all they want is to spend their time with each other and they can’t even do that. I am looking forward to them talking about the meaning of their relationship and where it goes from here but their subliminal messages they are conveying without a word leaves me breathless at the possibility of what the future may bring to them. I have never seen two more deserving worthy of love. With all of the hardships and pain they have suffered and caused one another, it is fitting that they receive this momentary antidote.

But the moment is interrupted as Charlotte brings Rowan into the room, but interestingly enough Olivia and Fitz did not jump away from one another but rather very slowly moved their hands away. It seems with two weeks left in office what exactly does Fitz have to lose.

Rowan walks in and apologizes for intruding on their moment, but he request to speak to the president alone and Olivia’s face.

Olivia looks over at Fitz with a soft giggle like Rowan was playing a joke on them, but when she saw Fitz’s cute nod/ wink of assurance Olivia says ‘of course’ but you know she was high key curious/ worried about them being in the room. With Olivia gone, Rowan tells Fitz he came to apologize to him and to help. Wow. Fitz has earned Rowan’s respect, which many have been able to do considering the people Rowan associates with he controls,  but rest assure Rowan, Fitz and Olivia will not be one big happy family, but for the moment this will certainly suffice. This is a step in the right direction. The two most important men in Olivia’s life working together to take down a bigger threat was spectacular and I am sure Olivia for a second once it was all over felt a sense of relief at them putting aside their differences to find a solution. Team work is the dream work. But did anyone love that as Olivia and Rowan are walking into the bunker to confront Real Bitch, Olivia is telling Rowan that Fitz will protect her that we will protect you. Oh Olitz. Oh Olivia.

While I loved the monologue Olivia gave to Mellie about being a ‘nasty women’ clear homage to Hillary Clinton, that seen was beautiful and inspiring but it doesn’t convey Mellie to me. Because for starters Cyrus was wrongfully convicted of murdering Frankie, something Olivia chose to ignore. Secondly, Olivia is still claiming this White House which just so happens to be ninth circle of hell is telling that Olivia is still dealing with her command issues. And finally, Mellie is the most privileged person on this show, she didn’t have to work or sacrifice to get to where she is at, if we had seen Mellie working and struggling to fight then I would be empathic to her cause but this isn’t Mellie’s speech. This is Olivia’s speech.

This episode was amazing but the promo for next week!

Y’all pray for my soul and my spirit because with the war “supposedly” over, Olivia will be spending much of her time at the White House to make up for all the lost time away from Fitz. And to be honest, Olivia deserves to be happy and relish in that feeling of being with the one she loves.  Olivia has been doing for others, isn’t it time she does something for herself?

                           *treat yo self, gurl*

American Politics TV Shows

What are you in the mood for? If you feel:

Silly, fun, want to see the inner workings of a city/state government; watch Parks and Recreation. One of my favorite shows ever and not only is it diverse and fun to watch, it also hits home some important issues. When I grow up I want to be Leslie. This is Chris Pratt’s big debut and towards the end of the run you see him start to transform into Peter Quill. My favorite episode is the one with the scout troops because that’s 100% me. In the form of a mockumentry and features some fun and surprising cameos, each half hour episode is packed with fun and memorable characters. On Netflix.

Scary, dark, wanting to see the world burn; watch House of Cards. This show isn’t afraid to show Washington’s dark underbelly and it follows Democrat Frank Underwood as he rises from Senate Party Whip to the President himself. Its dark color scheme and lack of fear showing sex and violence, it’s not afraid to twist and turn into some of the scariest shows I’ve seen. Frank breaks the 4th wall often to either explain to his audience what he’s doing or even make a snide remark or two. Kevin Spacey scares the heck out of me. Clare is my favorite character as Frank’s wife and a woman who also wants power. Just recently she has “discovered” us and has her own way of making sure we’re paying attention. I don’t really have a favorite episode, but I have a favorite moment. It’s from this past season where Frank is talking to us and then starts talking down to us. I was burrowing into my couch because I was freaked out. This past season everyone was dreading due to the fact that this was after the recent election and we had no idea how they could make this season scarier than real life. They managed to do it. On Netflix.

Calm, dramatic, like reading a book; watch The West Wing. I was a latecomer to this show, and I fell in love with it. It has a slow pace, but you get drawn into the characters and their lives. It’s a very cut and dry showing of the inner workings of the Federal Government and is like House of Cards serious older brother. The cast is fabulous, it hits real issues from the 90s and early 00s, and it’s a great piece of work. CJ is my favorite character as the Press Secretary with her dry humor and fun performance of The Jackal. My favorite episode is the one where they have an open house for projects and the hilarious proposals the staff has to sit through plus their reactions is priceless. This show had to tackle 9/11, which they did tastefully and set the standard for later political shows when dealing with a post 9/11 world. I’m not sure if it’s on Netflix still.

Drama, dirty politics, modern issues; watch Scandal. This show focuses on fixer Olivia Pope and her team as they fix all the personal and political problems of the most powerful people in the world. It often feels like soap opera with the never ending sexual tension, but Shonda Rhimes never pulls back punches when it comes to real-world issues such as women’s rights, Black Lives Matter, our current political madness (I was screaming at the TV once I saw it start to happen for them not to do it) plus a whole arsenal of Alice in Wonderland twists and turns that your head hurts thinking how they’re going to get out of this now. My favorite episode is the Christmas one where Mellie holds a filibusterer to get funding for Planed Parenthood. She kills it standing on her own while reading the ridiculous things the budget funds. I can’t stand Fitz (the President with a male ego problem), but I love Mellie (former First Lady, Senator, and the Rep nom for President) and Susan (current VP and former Senator). I’m pretty sure no one is supposed to like Sally (former VP), who is a complete Umbridge and makes me squirm every time she comes on. But if you don’t mind drama and insane plot lines and want a lighter version of the problems House of Cards has to deal with, it’s an interesting show to watch. On Netflix.

Humorous commentary dealing with our current political state; watch The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Both of these are live shows, meaning that they stay very up to date with what’s going on in the world. They also make comments on what they see going on in the world. Meant to keep the government on its toes and exercising the First Amendment to the edge, these shows unabashedly points out mistakes made and keeps people accountable. You know things are bad when you have to get your news from these two shows since they actually fact check. If you’re a conservative, don’t bother watching. Trevor has taken over for Stewart on The Daily Show, but he’s doing a pretty good job. Colbert is more nerdy and is a huge Lord of the Rings fan. I personally like Stewart better just because he’s brutally honest while making it dead hilarious, but the other two are just as good.

Granted, I haven’t seen everything like Veep or The Americans, but this should get you started.

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The Right Thing, a scandal fanfic | FanFiction
Extended version of the final Olitz scene in 6x01, designed to help explain what Fitz meant when he said "you got out" of the Oval power trap. Reviews apprecaited!

NOVEMBER 9, 2016 (AKA the worst day of my life IRL)

“I don’t want to fix another election,” Fitz admits.

Olivia takes a deep breath and says reluctantly “then you know what you have to do.”

“I’m sorry, Liv,” Fitz says sympathetically, sitting down next to her on the couch. “I wanted this for you…for both of you. But I can’t…”

“I know,” Olivia says softly, blinking back tears as the reality of losing the election starts to sink in for the first time. She starts to get up but Fitz gently presses her shoulder, encouraging her to stay seated for a minute.

“Look at me,” he says gently. She reluctantly complies. “When you started out, I didn’t think Mellie had a chance,” he admits. “I thought she needed to wait four or eight years, get some experience in the Senate, put some distance between her career and mine. Not to mention the fact that Republicans have held the White House for 16 years and Democrats were a lot hungrier for it this time around. And honestly, sometimes I wondered if she was too damaged to ever have a shot. The fact that you made it as close as it was…you almost flipped California from blue to red. You should be proud,” he says gently.

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Scandal review

Hello everybody!! So I am here to share with you my thoughts on last night episode.
First of all let me explain to you what happened. Since I live in Italy I set my alarm at 2:55, I woke up and then I went on ustvnow to see the episode BUT THE WEBSITE WASN’T WORKING ON MY PHONE I WAS SO FUCKING MAD!!
So what I did is I went on Twitter and tried to understand what happened from the tweets every viewer sent.
Lemme tell you that, in the beginning, before I managed to watch the episode, I really thought that Olivia did something terrible to fitz cause (I am not joking) almost every tweet on my tl was like “olitz is over they didn’t even last for one episode”. Two hours later I finally find a link and I watch the episode.
Y'all, this episode wasn’t bad at all!! I mean have you ever seen a bad scandal episode?! Cause I have and trust me, this one was actually pretty good.
But most importantly OLITZ IS NOT OVER!!! I mean after her dad called her a whore she just wanted sometime to herself to think, she didn’t do anything wrong!! The only couple that is actually over (I pray it is) is olivia and Jake (were they even a couple tho?!) SHE CALLED HIM PATHETIC AND WEAK AND JEALOUS AND I LOVED EVERY SINGLE SECOND OF IT. I loved how when Joke (yes, he is a freaking joke) told her “fitz is not the solution” she literally didn’t pay attention at his words! YOU GO GIRL, DON’T LET THAT ASSHOLE INSULT YOUR MAN
Favourite scene: THE TORNADO ONE!!! Look at Fitz’s face when he says “just make sure she loves you”. I think he is now in kind of a “comfort zone”: he is 100% sure that no matter what happens, olivia is in love with him.
AND what about that last scene!! I am really confused by it: on one hand I freaking loved it and actually I hoped olivia would have “chaired” her, on the other hand she is really turning into her father and I don’t want that to happen to her cause if it happens, she is never gonna be happy.
Here is what I think!! Did you enjoy the episode? What do you think is gonna happen next?
Love you all olitz gladiators😘

Ps: shoutout to Kerry Washington who tonight showed us she ships Terry and Olitz even more than us lol

The real culprits here are the Trump administration, and President Trump himself. The president’s record of placing more weight on what he sees on television than the intelligence briefings he may or may not be getting, and his lack of intellectual curiosity and unfamiliarity with the nuances and complexities of both foreign and national security policy, created the conditions where the imagery of the Khan Sheikhoun victims that had been disseminated by pro-Al Nusra (i.e., Al Qaeda) outlets could influence critical life-or-death decisions. That President Trump could be susceptible to such obvious manipulation is not surprising, given his predilection for counter-punching on Twitter for any perceived slight; that his national security team allowed him to be manipulated thus, and did nothing to sway Trump’s opinion or forestall action pending a thorough review of the facts, is scandalous. History will show that Donald Trump, his advisors and the American media were little more than willing dupes for Al Qaeda and its affiliates, whose manipulation of the Syrian narrative resulted in a major policy shift that furthers their objectives.
Almost a Scandal - Elizabeth Essex

Ashley’s Fast & Dirty Review™, because I’m a grad student who works full time while also trying to have a personal life and I don’t have time for that in-depth nonsense.  Will probably contain spoilers. 

  • She’s a runaway who takes her brother’s place in the navy looking for adventure and to uphold the family’s good name while he’s her first lieutenant, ahoy matey!
  • I was so excited about this book, but is really just…fell flat.  Allow me to tell you about my feelings.
  • He is such a DUD.  Making him tall, dark, and handsome is not enough.  Yes, he is good at his job and commanding, but other than that he is just so BORING.  And his big “secret”?  Also dull and brought nothing to the story as the “problem” it brings is resolved by her magic vagina apparently???
  • Now, Sally?  She’s great - complex and loyal, hardworking and sensible, caring yet tough.  GOD I wanted so many good things for her but all she got was Col, lame.
  • I found the writing in general to be really repetitive and unoriginal.  I must have read “damn your/his/my eyes” about 600 times.  And shes all x and y, while he all x and y, and she’s also all x and y. 
  • I can definitely tell that Ms. Essex has an advanced degree in nautical archaeology, but I wish that she knew that her readers do not.  While some might find her use of technical terms conducive towards full immersion in the story, I was just befuddled.  The characters are going on about this and that, meanwhile my eyes are glazing over and I’m just damned confused about what the hay is actually happening.  If I don’t know what you’re talking about, I cannot imagine what’s happening, which means I am having a bad time.
  • The sex, though?  Hot, hot, hot.
  • I did not, however, appreciate the unnecessary drama and bickering that ruined the afterglow.  Unless the bickering is leading to angry makeup sex, just let them enjoy their post-coital bliss.
  • If you’re looking for a lighthearted boat-themed romp, this is not that book.  I would recommend Jennifer Ashley’s Regency Pirates series instead.

Two Stars

508: Not had time at all today to blog, but wanted to say a few things!

Seems a bit trivial to talk about a tv show given whats going on in the world but this is what this blog is for, and I need a distraction before bed to take my mind of things.

This wont be too long hopefully!

I really enjoyed last nights ep, it had drama, highs/lows, pace, comedy and emotion. I need to rewatch it because my internet was freezing this morning and It was harder to watch due to that but I was still entertained the whole time.

Few comments on the last scene:

1) If the weird ass stepford wives music hadn’t been playing, what Fitz was saying wouldn’t have sounded half as creepy.

2) Olivia’s confusion and disorientation made it all seem a little more eery

3) Saw some comments briefly about it being a slight parallel to 218 when she was in the hospital bed and fitz hugged her, really like that parallel.

4) I understand Fitz’s motives somewhat. With her in the WH she is much more protected, especially with a detail. She is safer from the likes of Rowan and Human Vibrator

5) Olivia now has to live her sentence out in the crown jewel of the american prison system. Fitz has served, and is still serving his.

6) Fitz did come across a little weird and controlling (Tony plays him so well) and I was a little freaked out by it but I really do think the music changed how I interpreted it. Olivia has always controlled the pace and direction of their relationship and Fitz took control.

7) I dont think this is over between them and words will be said, but I think Fitz is so willing and committed to Liv and to working with her on their problems than losing her altogether. Olivia had resigned herself to this.

8) Finally, i’ve watched that scene two or three times and it doesn’t bother me AS much as it first did, although I know some people are already jumping of the Olitz ship (ridiculous sorry) because of it. I am genuinely excited to see what comes of this.

In general this scene leaves me feeling a mixture of things and I can’t fully explain but ye I am hoping and praying they’ll be ok.

The Pentagon Scene:

This is all I have to say

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Kerry and Tony are truly phenomenal together and that whole scene was insane. The fact we understood exactly what was being said just from their faces and a bit of lip reading is testament to them. I know I hate on Shonda a shit load, but the decision to put the music over that scene was pretty great…. and what a song choice.

side note: is the fact that Mellie actually forged Fitz’s signature, which is treason, just going to be ignored? Surely Fitz can’t let that slide… I should asking questions.

OPA:

Quinn telling Marcus to go faster killed me. Marcus bro you got to keep up!

Huck telling Joke he’s on his own - YES MY FRIEND.

Case of the week was good, It was interesting and I wasn’t bored by it. When Fitz dropped that little comment about the drone when they shook hands. I was like

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Thats my man. He said it with so much poise and swag and used that sexy ass voice of his. Im proud of my bae.

David and Liz

Rosen is funny as shit but this is just weird as fuck. My heart literally hurts for Susan, she is such a good person, she doesnt deserve this. She can keep her wine coolers.

Abby and Olivia

Frigging love this sisterhood. Yes they have done shit to each other in the past but when it comes to it they gladiate for each other and they are each others person over a cliff. Liv chilling with her shoes off in Abby’s office, glass of vino in hand, uchhhhh I love it. Up until Fitz found out, Olivia had psyched herself up to believe that once he knows thats it for them and she wasn’t ready to lose that. She was hanging onto those last moments with him. Props to Abby for ratting out Cyrus, that man is a dog with a fucking huge bone and needs to be tamed. No doubt Liv knows that anyway, but hey, sisterhood looking out for each other. It was so nice to see Olivia releasing her burdens on other people and actually communicating her fears, especially with a girl friend.

I really wish she would do it with Fitz more but she has done and she will continue to get better at doing so. There has already been so much growth for her in many aspects this season and her expressing her fears and is one of them.  

But ye this Abby/Liv scene had me in my feels.

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Cyrus

When he found out Liv was involved he was like a little kid. I swear down that man doesn’t learn a frigging lesson, his power trip is going to send him to his grave. Wasn’t here for him this episode at all and was kinda like

Rowan

I do not understand how Olivia, after everything he has done to her, is so ready to believe him so quickly. Maybe I am missing something, do tell me if I am?

The choice of song in the Rowan/Liv scene was again fantastic. Shonda knows how to pick and chose music for the right moments.

I know Rowan has exerted so much control over Olivia’s life to the point where her life becomes foreign without his presence, but really, if that man was buried tomorrow, are people telling me Olivia would be devastated? Seriously she wanted him put away for life so he could rot in prison with all the blood on his hands. Why have a constant worry that he may escape or come find her when he is out, why not just let him die? For fucks sake you had a man hunt on him last season and now you don’t want him to be killed.

Maybe I need to be a little more complex with my thinking on this one from Olivia’s emotional stand point but this just really fucks with me and I do feel Rowan’s presence is a way to make fish lips sightly relevant.

The beginning of the bunker scene, you can hear Olivia explain to Fitz that her dad was going to die or get killed in jail so she released him….. BUT WHY?! I do need help on this one? anyone?!

Mellie

The 20 seconds you were on the screen was enough and it was once again a pleasure not having grace our screens.

Random Thoughts:

–> Jake you’re boring and grow more irrelevant each week.

–> Olitz being the power couple they are hosting guests, and Olivia charming – everyone. My babies, I love you so much.

–>Prayers for Susan Ross, she is such a babe.

Fitz telling Cyrus to bring Olivia “home” to the Residence. My fanfic feellllsssss.

I may have missed something, so this is just my general feelings about it from one watch and what stood out to me.

Now I will finish off with gifs from Olitz in bed (credit @bananadome​) because the way Fitz/Tony looks at Kerry/Olivia has me all in my feels. That little nose stroke, the gentle goodnight kisses. Tony’s abs and Kerry’s flawless natural beauty. These people will kill me.


In 2013, the scandal-ridden former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner declared himself a candidate for mayor of New York, and what began as a comeback story quickly became a political nightmare. There was a documentary in the works when the second scandal broke, and it’s chronicled in the film Weiner. Film critic David Edelstein says:

“The behind-the-scenes campaign documentary Weiner is a cross between The War Room, in which resourceful operatives steer a scandal-ridden but confident candidate to victory, and The Blair Witch Project, in which everyone runs around screaming and dies. It’s a modern political tragicomedy.”

Scandal 6x11 -’Consequences’

This is my second review of this episode, the first one I wrote was partly deleted  so I’m sad but I will take this as a good thing so lets begin. This episode doesn’t let up from the 100 but is a continuance of its brilliance. Bravo Shonda and the Writer and the Cast and Crew, this is Scandal we know and love. I never doubted this show and the story but it’s so refreshing to see it play out before our eyes.

I wrote an entire recap of this episode, scene after scene but as I looked at it I felt that I was just typing what we all can see. Something I do not wish to do.

Scandal’s protagonist and main character is Olivia Pope. We are introduced to her by Quinn Perkins but it was always Olivia’s story interacting with these other characters that made us feel a connection with her. Loving a person who you are not supposed to love is something most can relate to on some level, being a advocate and fighter for the unjust, these were all godly and beautiful traits that made us view Olivia as perfect and in many ways she was at one time, but nobody is perfect even someone as perfect as Olivia Pope. For the past 6 seasons we have seen the rise and fall of not just Olivia Pope, but almost every character, like Cyrus said those who stay in Washington tend to become corrupted as the leeches come out and absorb the last drop of humanity you have. We have witnessed acrimonious crimes from everyone but the beauty of scandal is not to showcase the disembodiment of human values but the will to overcome them and live.

Olivia:

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Olivia has been on quite a self journey this season, she has endured more than what we truly see and there have been times where I wondered if and when she will come back to us and fight to live and not fear the unknown, the fear of failing and not being able to clean up the mess. A women that once prided herself on being a ‘fixer’, a person that honored wearing ‘the white hat’ had been deduced to a criminal, a whore, and a liar. Olivia has lied, cheated and killed for the White House, killed for the power she believed it would bring her. Olivia thought that love would heal and fix her but her issues run deeper than love but requires self love, something we know she has yet to accomplish. But throughout this ordeal Olivia has watched love and time pass her by while she remained stagnant like a record, something had to change. Olivia has to change. The dream Olivia had where saying ‘no’ actually meant saying ‘yes’, changed her perspective about life and love. In her dream, Olivia said  ‘Yes’ to love, yes to being a person, yes to living a authentic life, and finally yes to having hope. The dream that Olivia is holding onto in her mind, that it is possible has brought a resurgence of life and light back into her. But as we already know; it’s hard. It’s not easy picking the pieces of up after you worked endlessly to destroy them. This is where we find Olivia.

Olitz

Olivia is trying to clean up the mess she has made, the mess she has allowed to spread. But every sweep of the hand leads to a further mess.  We see Olivia telling Mellie that she needs to concede and let Cyrus take his place at the oval. Mellie cannot win this election, she is now tainted. No good can come from Mellie winning and that they (Olivia and Mellie) must put on the ‘White Hat’ and do what is right once and for all.  While Olivia is ready to change, some our not. To which Mellie remarks that Olivia needs “to get off your cross.” Reminding Olivia that she is not a good person after all she has stole a few elections and murdered someone. Olivia and Mellie have grown close to one another in the absences of Fitz, both looked at the other and saw themselves, neither required the other to be good or apologize for their ruthless behavior but Olivia is just now getting a taste of this pseudo friendship forged by personal gain and greed. Already Olivia has begun to incur disappointment and pain as she works cleaning up her mess.

Olivia has found herself back at the white house, telling Fitz that Mellie is understandably upset and that this is a trying time for her having to give up on her dream but she believes she will get through this. But Fitz sees through Olivia’s transparency and commands Olivia to ‘come here’ the same sentiment Olivia said after Big Jerry’s funeral. Olivia takes solace and comfort in the one person who can give it to her. Olivia no longer shields herself from his open invitation but walks into the embrace and after a moment of silence she admits “I wanted this. I needed this.” Fitz then responds that Olivia “deserves this” which causes her to quickly remove herself from the hug for two reasons. 1) Olivia doesn’t deserve this office, she doesn’t deserve the oval after what she has done, it is hard to come back after such darkness and Olivia is not worthy of this oval, yet. 2) she doesn’t deserve this right here. There is a obvious change in Olivia and FItz’s dynamic since he came to her and told her that he forgave her, there is a tangible spark flying between them but Olivia can’t allow herself to think to deeply into this moment with him, so she leaves bidding Fitz goodnight.

@scandaledit

With each step Olivia makes towards working on herself, she is faced with a deeper and harder obstacle. Cyrus newly free from prison is trying to adjust to the world he is reentering and the world he just left. Olivia finds herself at Cyrus’s hotel door with suits intact, and demand that he become a gladiator in a suit and fight for his dream and become President. 

Cyrus got his ass beat in jail, not to mention his reputation is ruined but he also appears to be suffering from some PTSD.  And you expect him to forgive you Olivia after you told him to pay his dues. There was a choice, Olivia had the information needed to exonerate Cyrus and to free him from the the charges he did not commit but Olivia opted not to, instead she choice to watch him burn for a crime he is not guilty of, but that is not to say that Cyrus is not guilty of sins and crimes, but prison while was horrendous does feel like a satisfying restitution. Olivia has conjured in her mind that because she has seen the light that everyone else must too, but not everyone is wanting or willing to change. Cyrus reminds Olivia that she had an opportunity to save him but she decided to turn the other way.  Good for Cyrus, Olivia feels guilty of course but just because she is Olivia Pope does not mean she warrants forgiveness automatically.

While Olivia is able to conjure through her issues and forge through the shame and regret, there is one obstacle that has proven more difficult to surpass. Rowan. Olivia floats into Rowan’s prison and he quickly reminds Olivia that ‘it has been far too long since they last talked’ and it has. Rowan’s influence over Olivia is thawing and he is aware of his borrowed time if he doesn’t act now, like Olivia said ‘survival of the fittest’. As Rowan talks about a fossil, the fossil he and Sandra were working, Rowan chokes back emotions with the mention of Sandra, but why was Rowan welcoming of love yet he denies his daughter the very same feeling? As Rowan talks he brings his last piece that he will fix (Olivia) and request that Olivia joins him in the box a subtle reminder that Olivia is imprisioned just like him and that if she continues the crusade of justice then she will have to watch Rowan die because the only reason they have kept him alive is because of the influence he has over Olivia. Instead of being smart prey, Rowan will be extinct something he does not approve or desire. But Rowan is right this isn’t about ‘winning’ Olivia, while she has made progress  she is still one track minded, winning is not the goal but living. Olivia is desperately trying to turn back the hands of time and reset her dreams that have failed to be met yet, but as she is doing this she is failing to miss the life she had let go in the process. Decisions are easy to make but it is the consequences that are hard to embrace, some much time has been spent focusing on these frivolous things that she is missing the gift that life could bring. But to my surprise Olivia comes out of the box (temporarily) and tells Rowan he will see her soon, because after all it is ‘survival of the fittest’

Olitz

With her faith tested once again, Olivia looks to Fitz as inspiration, her unbeknownst muse guiding her through these obstacles. Olivia once again comes to Fitz and tells him about Mellie and how this isn’t her acting this way but it is. This is Mellie, selfish, entitled, opportunist looking for the easy way instead of the right way. Olivia moves closer to Fitz invading his personal space as she is telling him gently that she went to see her father, but Fitz doesn’t wish to hear it and rightfully so. Olivia reminds Fitz that she forgave Abby and that people do terrible things and while this is true Olivia should never expect or ask Fitz to forgive the man who has purposely attempted to destroy his life by not only killing his son, but ruining his relationship with Olivia. 

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I’m annoyed with Olivia at this moment, somehow Olivia has deduced Rowan to something he is not and now she expects Fitz to turn the other cheek and save a man who has made it his mission to ruin his life just because he fell in love with his daughter. 

Fitz

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Fitz is showing up for Cyrus and fixing his life. That’s my boo. Fitz is not just talking but practicing what he preaches, ‘they don’t have to be these people anymore’ Fitz can be the man he was always destined to be, honorable, compassionate, integrity these virtues that Olivia responded to in such a profound way. For the Fitz  and olitz haterz, have you not seen the light cascading on those perfect curls, or how Fitz is surrounded by light and even bringing life and light back into people. *cough cyrus* *cough Olivia * this is done for purpose, you see Fitz has wrestled with his demons and has been in the eye of the storm for 8 years that even with the destruction around him he can still see the light at the in end of the tunnel. So him opening the blinds and letting light into Cyrus’s room is on purpose. Fitz is the source of light in this depleted and dejected group, he is the unsung hero.

I don’t deserve to be president. You don’t spend a decade in Washington without committing a few sins. I have committed more than a few. I was thrown in prison and it made sense. When my friends abandoned me and my husband left me. That made sense. It all made sense. So what if I hadn’t killed Frankie? I lied. I pursued my own agenda. I let my daughter down. Prison then a treason charge. It was a relief because I knew I was unworthy except three days ago, I was released. Cleared. Told go out there Cy tell them you deserve  to be president but I know  I don’t. Because nobody deserves to be president certainly not the people that often try to be president. Except for Frankie. He was different. The people saw it. It’s why he won and maybe it’s why we lost him. In his absence I offer you something far more meager. My flaws and my service. Frankie Vargas loved this country he embodied the best of our values: humility, kindness. Unworthy as I am. His hopes has become my compass.

This monologue is perfectly symbolic of the people watching: Fitz, Abby, and Olivia and can easily describe all of them and the struggle to be worthy. Yes. This is scandal. As Cyrus talks you can see the proud look on Fitz, Abby and Olivia’s face as they watch Cyrus  admit the truth about his sins. No, he didn’t kill Frankie but he has killed other people and that itself is not something to forget.  It’s when you are down and out that you gain a deeper appreciation of what life has to offer. This is the same music Fitz had for his state of the union speech. The mood is infectious and our spirits are high and suddenly the light has returned and everything appears clearer now. Cyrus appears strong and ignited but the test has truly yet to come. 

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Cyrus speech is beautiful and speaks to everyone watching, most importantly Olivia and Abby who have reunited and are sitting across from one another. The alternate reality while was a dream does put life and family into perspective for Olivia. Like her alternate reality Olivia is now surrounding herself with people with a positive influence on her( Fitz and Abby) and removing those who chose to stay in the darkness and refuse to change(Mellie and Jake )  this is growth and I’m happy to see Olivia on this path of redemption. Yes, many of these characters are looking to redeem themselves for the sins of their past. But seeing the error of there ways is why some will prosper as the others will perish. But interestingly though Olivia wasn’t off with her alternate reality dream, Mellie is forever consumed with her own personal greed and gain that she fails to see the moves being played in front of her and also is accepting of the ploys just as long as she wins. In the dream Mellie sold her soul to Cyrus and Rowan to become president but now it has come into fruition but this time the stakes are far more terrifying.

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Mellie calls Olivia in shock at seeing lizzy bear dead by Peus and Real Bitch and she tries to apologize but Mellie this is on you. You got in bed with the devil, so get your ass a pillow and blanket and lay in the damn bed! I hate it when people come to Olivia after the destruction to be like “you were right”  of course she was right, you have blood in your eye because your team Me. Everyone in this group places Olivia on this ridiculously high pedestal where they see her as their savior but who saves Olivia if she is saving them?

Jake

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Angela:

Here comes Angela in the residence telling Fitz that she is going to be arresting Olivia and taking her in for questioning since she found her name linked to Tom with the swiss bank account. Fitz tells her that she is looking at Olivia for personal reasons and this girl has the nerve to call my baby a ’boy’. Yeah Fitz was diverging but come on girl. Angela needs to show some respect, that is the president and you are going to call him a boy and act as if your job as the FBI director is superior than the president. Take yo ass out of here, With that baloney! But this moment serves meaning to something far greater than the two of them but what Olivia means to Fitz, he has been dating Angela yet his heart still lies with Olivia. Fitz tried to remove Olivia from the ring of fire but he wasn’t successful and the idea of Olivia going to jail for others causes Fitz to go into a tail spin.

@scandaledit

Fitz brings Olivia to the oval to tell her about Angela looking into her as being a suspect for Vargas murder and that she will be placing Olivia under arrest since they found the money. Fitz is trying to calm down the situation but Olivia is happy because then it will cause the FBI to look into this scandal and with Mellie’s campaign manger arrested for framing Tom then Mellie won’t be able to become president. 

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Olivia, what are you doing? Did Jake choke you again and cut off your oxygen supply, are you having a heat stroke from always wearing those hot ass coats? This isn’t logical thinking. Fitz can’t stand the fact that Olivia is placing herself on the cross for her father who shot Frankie, but what Fitz doesn’t know is that Olivia is not just sacrificing herself for Rowan but for everyone, Mellie, Abby, Huck, Cyrus and finally herself. This is Olivia’s way of paying her dues and bringing equilibrium back into this world. It’s a symbolic gesture for Olivia looking to seek redemption for her horrible sins and guilt. Olivia owning and taking responsibility for her actions is the best thing but this isn’t the way to do it and Fitz is able to see that. Fitz notes that Olivia is always the smartest person in the room until now. To which Oliva says she’s sorry. This is the second sorry I have heard from Olivia in this episode. She said it to Cyrus and now she is saying it to Fitz. For a person who never truly apologized before she seems to finally see the devastation and her part in it all but this isn’t just Olivia’s problem or burden to bear. 

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I really want to dive into Olivia and Fitz’s dynamics during this moment. Something has changed between them where they are in each other’s orbit once again but there is this ease to them that makes me nostalgic.  Olivia walks to the window and as Fitz is talking about her soon to be warrant she appears to be taking this all in, and seems happy at settling the score but there is no good deed without punishment. Fitz is adamant that Rowan is the one whose head they need on a spike not Olivia’s. Olivia counters that Rowan is old and weak, but was Rowan weak when he killed Fitz’s son? Was Rowan weak when he told you that you were dead to him? Was Rowan old when he gave Abby your personal information regarding your abortion? Was Rowan weak then? Because he most certainly was not when he killed the President-Elect, you see Rowan was going to kill Vargas regardless of Olivia because the last thing he wants is to be extinct. But Olivia saw this as an act of kindness, a sacrifice her father did to save her but is that really so? Olivia is changing and she wants her father to change with her for the better because if he can change after all these years of being despicable and cruel then maybe just maybe there is hope for her too.

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But none of this right or just. Olivia will be in prison for the rest of her young life while the people she knows will continue to move on with theres. Olivia will pay the ultimate sacrifice by giving up her life and her freedom, her chance at happiness for a chance at redemption which would not be redeeming considering Vargas would still be dead and nothing will be resolved, this wouldn’t stop Peus but just be a minor bump in the road.

If Olivia is in jail, then Fitz would lose her forever and the hope he still has for the two of them. Fitz isn’t just referring to losing Olivia as a lover, but he values her life, her existence is important and the idea of squandering it for nothing is absurd. Again the question comes back to who will save Olivia? Does anyone care about her existence? Fitz’s outburst causes Olivia to stop and look at Fitz and see that her feelings for him aren’t one sided. This moment parallels to 3x17 when Maya was plotting to kill Fitz and Olivia needed him safe otherwise how would she survive ? How can she live knowing that the man she loves is dead when she could have saved him, she pleaded with Fitz and he went ahead with campaign causing Olivia to show up for him and save him. This is Fitz’s turn saving Olivia from herself. Just like Mellie told Olivia “get off your cross”, Olivia does need to get off her cross. Now isn’t the time to play martyr.  Now is not the time to give up. It’s time to fight.

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Did someone say Omaha?!? Fitz done got Broad fired and is taking over the investigation. So Broad, whose the

boy

 now! I’m gonna pack her some moisturizer and leave in conditioner cause she gonna need it in Omaha! I just want to applaud Fitz for doing the right thing and taking charge, not only did Fitz handle Angela but he also handled Olivia. Yes. 

Destiny

The alternate reality showed how circumstances plays a role in how we present ourselves to the world but also shows that some things are simply inevitable. Mellie is being voted in and just as she appears somewhat happy at becoming the president she sees the blood under her chin and is brought back to reality that she  is now trapped as she was in the dream. Mellie didn’t win this election and she doesn’t deserve it but it’s like the old saying goes “be careful what you wish for”.  Destiny has also seemed to have come full circle for Olivia as she runs to her dad only to find him handcuffed with orders from the White House. Angry and outraged Olivia swarms to the residence yelling at Fitz for arresting her father when she asked him not to and as a finale dig she tells Fitz that choosing between her dad and him he will lose, but Fitz ignores her rant and tells her “are you gonna stop yelling at me” as he turns on the screen to show Olivia her dad safely tucked in the oval. Rowan looks up at the camera and you can see his displeasure and his knowing glare but Fitz turns the tv off and turns to Olivia who has her head down in relief, regret, and this unexplainable love with tears in her eyes at what Fitz has just done for her.  She’s obviously overcome with emotion as she lets out a audibly sigh of relief and remorse. Fitz hates Rowan no doubt about it but he loves Olivia more than he hates him and so he saved him to save Olivia.  That’s love people.

You see. Olivia was still under this preconceived notion that she can’t have it all. That she must always chose between one or the other. She doesn’t have to chose and the beauty of it all is that Fitz never asked her too because he knows and respects that for whatever reason Olivia loves her father and he wouldn’t force her to pick aside but simply stand by her side through it all. But the problem with this is all stems from Olivia. Olivia is a hypocrite she told Fitz that he doesn’t tell her what to do yet she expected him to follow her orders and then finally she brings up having to chose between the two most important men in her life, that Fitz is the one making her chose between Rowan and him, yet it is actually Olivia that is making Fitz chose.  And Olivia sees it now just how much he loves her. As Diana Ross ‘ain’t no mountain high enough" plays through the background it does correlate to the actual setting.  Olivia stares at Fitz tenderly as she tries to control her feelings but she looks at his lips and you feel every bit of yearning she has to be with him. The wheels are turning in Olivia’s head as she looks at Fitz, all of these missed opportunities to seize life, regretful choices that she made in the heat of the moment, all those moments when she could have done something but she didn’t.

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Olivia jumped to conclusions, voicing her contempt to the man that has always loved her despite her not loving herself. Fitz has never tried to steer Olivia in the wrong direction but subtly guide her through this journey we call life. Held back by this forceful magnitude called opposition.Focused on proving herself right by ‘winning’ Olivia has lost sight of the person she always wanted to be. Decisions are quick to make but it’s the  Consequences Olivia. In this process of ‘winning’ Olivia has yet to see how much life has passed her by. After all this time, Fitz is still the one. She is at his mercy. She feels vulnerable because of him, like he carved her open and placed the light inside her so he could find her even when life becomes dark and she can’t see the way. How can she not be moved by this man sitting beside her. This intrinsic feeling burning inside her that now is the time to seize the moment. Looking into his benevolent eyes it has drastically altered her state of mind. Throwing caution to the wind Olivia grabs Fitz’s face in her’s and kisses him passionately, breathlessly. 

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What sweet torture their union always brings. Her lips dance along his soft petals slowly erasing all others with only her lips as his solitary token. The unshed tears threatening to come down at the taste of his lips merging with hers. This sudden moment of realization that this is finally happening after being parted for so long. None of this could have been predicted, Fitz wasn’t expecting anything from Olivia he most certainly wasn’t expecting her to kiss him, overwhelmed by Fitz’s act of love and general concern for her wellbeing, Olivia seizes the moment. You see in her dream that felt like reality, Olivia tried to give Fitz freedom and happiness, a choice to let him make his own decisions. We all know Fitz’s monologue was everything Olivia wishes to say but can’t find it within herself to speak. Fitz tried to give Olivia freedom, a choice, happiness and she squander it because she wasn’t ready to face the obstacles that life would take. Fitz has saved Olivia from making the biggest mistake of her life. Life has given her a second chance. The familiar curve of his lips morphing with hers is a painful reminder of what she was just willing to give up. Olivia has sacrificed for others isn’t it time she does something for herself. I mean how many second chances can one person get?

Like in the dream where Olivia is guiding Fitz into the room, that no one is privileged to see inside, she is now doing the same but this time it’s not a dream. For once Olivia is doing something for herself.

 Finally a little piece of happiness has found Olivia once again. The test has yet to come.

Scandal 505 Review

This was my most favorite episode this season, together with 501. I absolutely loved the pace and the content, how Olivia/Kerry were front and center and how she communicated with Fitz, without trying to fix things on his behalf. There was also very minimal Jake, though these two scenes that we did have with him were cringe-worthy and horrendous. Even Mellie didn’t bother me in this episode, and that’s rich! And on top of that all, we had yet another Emmy-worthy performance from Kerry, and her interview scene delivery was just breathtaking!

It was great to see Leo back. He is one of the underused secondary characters that can add a lot to Scandal. Just like I am excited to see Sally Langston evilness next week (”It’s gonna be good”), it was great to have Leo and his dramatics back on screen. I thought it was a great move by Olivia to bring him in since they really needed someone who is good, and who is from the outside. I LOVED all the quips he made about Olivia and her subordinates as well as about her clothes choices and lack of food in the fridge!

Marcus - I got worried that I need to stop liking him already after he “agreed” to be a “good citizen”. But I underestimated him and should have given him a benefit of a doubt. I am glad he didn’t waver and he is slowly becoming a Gladiator and I hope to see more of him!

EDDIIISOSONNNNN!!! I was so excited to see Norm’s name in the opening credits!! It was kind of a spoiler for me that I knew Olivia would eventually go to him for help, but I still was so ecstatic to see him back!!


The parallel with 211 (A Criminal, a Whore, an Idiot and a Liar) was magnificent! It was good to see one of Olivia’s NORMAL exes, someone who was a real person and who shared something with her, to come back into this insanity that her life became and give a helping hand. And he didn;t ask for much in return, just honesty! Bravo, Edison!

The central point of this week’s episode was the freaking brilliance of the interview that Olivia/Kerry gave on her affair. I absolutely loved it what she said, and I was blown away how masterfully Kerry delivered it. 

I know that many people got upset with what she had to say, and I honestly don’t understand why. I thought it was very close to the character, to who Olivia Pope is, and she was honest, she was open, and she owned up her love and her life. 

I think many of us forget that it was never Olivia’s plan to disclose her and Fitz as an affair. She always wanted them to “go slow (501) and follow her brilliant plan (222) of how their relationship will be presented to the public. Now, in the eye of a storm, with her whole life upside down, Olivia speaks from the heart, and that heart is hurt and bruised and vulnerable. Yes, it was not pretty what she said about wearing Doux Bebe to remind herself of her “weakness”, which is love to Fitz. But if we think where Olivia is mentally and emotionally right now, it totally makes sense. She is hurt and she is confused, but she is in this position where she HAS to explain herself to public. It doesn’t make her love Fitz any less, she is just saying the truth. 

And yeah, all of us love to shout how great it would be to have a man like Fitzgerald Grant… Look here –> 

BUT, we like to forget about Olivia’s feelings and her being alone and lonely. Yes, Fitz is alone and lonely too (or was, up until now). What I am trying to say is it is hard to understand what kind of heartache and loneliness Olivia had to go through in order to get here where she is. And I do not begrudge her a couple of reality-check words she had to say. 

Now, THE BEST scene of the whole episode, is Olitz working it in bed. This was so freaking hot and amazing to watch! I don’t know what kind of CHOREOGRAPHY they had to put in there (cough Kerry cough), but it looked very awkward natural, staged unrehearsed and like they were doing it at home. 

We have not seen Olitz talking and going at it at the same time since Camp David, and I loved the scene and how she brought back the best part of Olitz for us. I just don’t understand why they could’t with off the record player and finish what they started before Fitz went to the Oval to ass-kiss Cyrus. This was my favorite position that they tried… :)))) I literally had to fan myself after watching this:


The closing scene in the Oval between Cyrus and Fitz was brilliantly played. But I thought it was so poorly cut. We had almost 6-7 minutes of them sitting there talking when the point of Cyrus being creepily obsessed with Fitz and Fitz cleverly playing him at the end could have been communicated much quicker, and then we could have the Olitz date back in the final cut?? (I still can’t believe they removed it and kept both Jake useless is my middle and last name in)

I really don’t know what to think of the next episode. I do peep a ring on Olivia’s finger, and there is obviously some proposal scene (I hope it is not done for the cameras or something? It just looks a bit over the top even for a romantic like Fitz), but I don’t think they will get married. Maybe engaged? And maybe this stupid congressional hearing will be put to rest and we can move on to another arch/mini arc of this season half?

I would love to see how Olivia will try to restore her business, and I want to see her relationship with Fitz and his kids grow. 

I am not excited about Cyrus being back.. I don’t like him and I don’t trust him not to try to pry them apart again… Plus, I really like Portia

Just 4 more days until next episode!!!  

Showed my parents the Granada version of The Hound of the Baskervilles last night. They’re big Rathbone fans, I’m trying to get them to like my Sherlocks. (I already showed them A Study in Pink a few weeks ago. Mom only said if she ever visits London, she’s not taking cabs.) Anyway, there were a few laughs but no rave reviews. I’m going to try Granada’s A Scandal in Bohemia next.